Meet Our Dentists
Dr. Gregory Mokotoff, D.M.D.
Dr. Gregory Mokotoff grew up in New Jersey. He attended Dental School at Nova Southeastern University in 2001 and completed his Pediatric Dental Residency at Temple University in 2003. Dr. Mokotoff has been in the Pediatric practice for 15 years and has been at his current practice for 14 years.
A current resident of Trumbull along with his wife Heather and three children, ages 12, 10, and 4. They chose to reside in Trumbull because Heather grew up there, and as an opportunity to be closer to their family and friends.
Dr. Mokotoff states his main focus to be creating a positive experience for each and every one of his patients. From the moment the first phone call is placed, to the delivery of care, he wants his patients and their families to have the best experience possible.
His favorite part of his job is the people he gets to work with every day. He states "Most people have to go to work. I am fortunate that I get to go to work. The reason I am fortunate is because of the great team of people I work with daily".
Dr. Mokotoff's healthcare philosophy is that there is a person attached to each tooth that he treats. As a pediatric dentist he doesn't just treat little teeth, he treats the child as a whole, always paying attention to the child's emotional well-being as well as their dental health.
The reason he chose dentistry is to be able to make a difference in a child's life. He has always been attracted to healthcare in general because he feels there is nothing more important than one's personal health. Dental health is one small part of an overall healthy life, and his goal is to promote dental health. Heather is also in the Pediatric practice as a nurse practitioner. They both have spent much of their lives promoting children's health and wellness.
When not in the office he likes to travel to places warm and remote, his two favorite spots to travel to are St. John in the US Virgin Islands and Kauai, HI. He also enjoys personal fitness and has run four marathons and 20+ half marathons. His favorite hobbies include running, gardening, traveling, reading, volunteering, and spending time with his family.
A proud accomplishment as father and son Dr. Mokotoff and his son have won the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Race in his Cub Scout pack three years in a row.
As a member of the community, he likes to remain active in the community. He does this by serving as Cub master of his son's Cub Scout pack when he was a cub scout. He also served for a number of years on the school board at his children's school. He also has served on numerous committees for the Connecticut State Dental Association. Last but not least, he has served on many volunteer dental missions both in the US and internationally. In October he will be leading a volunteer dental mission to Guatemala.
Dr. Jennifer Epstein, D.M.D.
Jennifer Epstein, D.M.D grew up in Monroe, New York. She has a degree in AB Psychology in which she obtained from Duke University in 1993. She obtained her D.M.D. at Harvard University in 1999. In 2001 she received her certificated in Pediatric Dentistry from UCLA Residency. It has been 17 years in Pediatric Dentistry and 13 of these years spent at her current practice.
Dr. Epstein chose the Fairfield Community because she says it has a small town feel but is close to a major city, and there are endless amounts of activities such as beaches, nature preserves, great shops and restaurants, and amazing people.
Married to Adam, they share two daughters, ages 10 and four along with a family pet dog, which is a two yr. old Golden Retriever.
Her favorite of her job is meeting new people and continuing long-term relationships with her patients and their families. Her philosophy is to absolutely cause no harm and to focus on prevention and patient education.
She chose dentistry because she wanted a career that allowed her to interact with people and have a meaningful impact. Dentistry allows her to make a positive difference in her patients lives daily.
When not at work Dr. Epstein enjoys, playing with her children, playing tennis, bike riding, and practicing the drums. Her hobbies include watching movies, playing tennis and golf, and attending book club.
She remains an active member in the community by giving advice in her synagogue, as well as, volunteering with her daughters Girl Scout troop.
Dr. Michelle Neves, D.D.S.
Dr. Michelle Neves grew up in Westchester County. She obtained her education for Doctor of Dental Surgery at Howard University College of Dentistry in 2011. In 2013 she obtained her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at SUNY Stony Brook University.
Her reason for choosing to work in the Fairfield community is because of its diversity.
With her main focus being able to make Dentistry fun for patients and parents, her favorite part of her job is creating that positive impression for both children and their parents of the overall dental experience.
Because she had an amazing Pediatric Dentist that she looked forward to seeing, she is determined to provide comprehensive care to children of all ages in a stress-free environment. She looks forward to recreating her childhood excitement for the patients at her practice.
When not in the office Dr. Neves enjoys spending time outdoors. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, and ice climbing.
One of her claims to fame is being trilingual, having the ability to communicate in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
She remains an active member in the community by volunteering with CT Mom.
Dr. Stephanie Serpa, D.D.S.
Stephanie Serpa, D.D.S., married, and mommy of two beautiful twins, has been in the Pediatric practice for three years. She has her degree in Dental Surgery, which she obtained from NYU College of Dentistry in 2013. She also has her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry which she obtained from NYU Bellevue Hospital in 2015.
Stephanie grew up in Fairfield County which is why she chose to practice in a community where she is from. She intends to give back to the community through oral health by helping to protect and treat children’s beautiful smiles. Her main focus is to provide quality Dentistry to all children, along with assuring them a great experience at the Dentist.
Her favorite part of her job is helping a child conquer their fears of the Dentist. Her way doing this is by proving quality Dentistry in a fun and safe environment.
D.D.S. Serpa has always known from a young age that she wanted to be a Dentist. She has always enjoyed working with her hands and yearns to help others.
When not in the office Dr. Serpa enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying some fun in the sun at the beach.
Her favorite hobbies include reading and writing. She says her claim to fame is the birth of her adorable twins. Being a mommy to twins can keep anyone busy, however, Dr. Serpa remains active in the community by participating in local charity walks.
Dr. Susan Shim, D.D.S.
Dr. Susan Shim grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she obtained an education in Doctor of Dental Surgery. She attended Indiana University and graduated in 2011. She has been in the Pediatric practice for five years, at her current practice for three years. She is married to Matthew Rhee and they share two sons.
Dr. Shim chose the Fairfield community because she wanted to practice in a community where she could envision herself raising her own family. She says the town of Fairfield is family focused, friendly, and a beautiful beach town.
Her main focus is not only treating her patients with high-quality care, but also concentrating her energy and compassion into providing exceptional experiences for all of her patients. She states her ultimate goal is to educate her patients into having a lifelong optimal oral health beyond her care.
The favorite aspect of her job is seeing the progression of a fearful patient turn into one that loves coming to the dentist, also, seeing the patients and their families’ confidence and trust in the practice grow. She treats her patients as she would her own sons and focuses on providing ethical and high-quality care. She wants to continue lifelong learning through continuing her education and keeping up with the latest publications in her field.
Her reason for choosing pediatric dentistry was encouraged by her positive childhood experience with the dentist. With exceptional care, she wants to help fearful patients move past their fears.
When not in the office Dr. Shim enjoys taking her sons to the park, play dates, and date nights with her husband. Her favorable hobbies are fitness classes- Zumba, Pilates/Barre, and boot camp. She also finds joy in playing golf, tennis, and volunteering for her church as a cantor. She remains active in the community by taking her sons on play dates around the area.
Dr. Parinaz Mazar-Atabaki, D.M.D.
Parinaz Mazar-Atabaki grew up in Santa Monica, California. She obtained her DMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and obtained her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Yale School of Medicine in 2017. Currently, she has been in the Pediatric practice for one year caring for children at Kids First Pediatric Dentistry.
With great pride, she chose this community because of its diversity. She states, "It is the patients and parents that we see on a daily basis that make Kids First Pediatric Dentistry such a wonderful place to work!"
Her main focus is to create a fun, nurturing, educational and informative dental visit for all patients and their family. She is determined to make even the toughest of tasks as easy as possible and to build confidence in each of her patients.
The most favorable aspect of her job is when the children leave the dental office with a smile on their face and a gain in confidence and pride that they've been able to successfully complete the task at hand. As a child, a visit to the Dentist can sometimes be a frightening thought. To Dr. Mazar-Atabaki nothing is more rewarding than seeing her patients beam with excitement and joy due to all they were able to accomplish during their dental visit.
Dr. Mazar-Atabaki is committed to providing all children with high quality, compassionate and gentle care to make each visit as fun, interactive, and comfortable as possible. After all, the patient experience is just as important as the treatment! With great determination, she dedicates herself to establish a life-long relationship of trust and confidence with the children and parents in her practice.
She chose dentistry due to her absolute love for science, art, and engineering. She believes that dentistry is the perfect profession that melds these three into one. She adores Pediatric Dentistry specifically because it is an opportunity for her true inner child to shine through. She deeply enjoys being able to have fun with all of her patients during their visit!
When not in the office she likes watching Yale Ice Hockey games (her team is the Bulldogs), going bike riding in Hammonasett, going hiking and spending quality time with her family, friends, and boyfriend.
Some of her favorite hobbies include cooking, she loves inventing creative dishes and recipes with new and different ingredients. She also enjoys drawing and often does this to relax and decompress.
Her is known by her quirkiness and ability to pull off a great prank! She is also known to be a jokester at heart and loves to keep things fun and light-hearted.
As an active member in the community, her commitment is to share the practice's commitment to keeping this area an amazing place to live, learn, and play. One way of doing this is through education and organizing school and community presentations. Her ultimate goal is to make learning about dental care fun and easy so that children will want to make good oral health choices on their own.
Dr. Christopher W. Gibson, D.M.D.
I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts. I attended Boston College (honors program) and obtained my Bachelor’s in Science, Biology, in 2010. In 2010 I attended University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and obtained my D.M.D. My Pediatric Residency was done at New York Presbyterian Hospital and completed year of 2017. I can say with great pleasure I have been with Kids First Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for 2 years.
The reason I chose this community is because I truly enjoyed my time living in the state of Connecticut during my years in dental school, and I was eager to return to work and practice in the area after completing my residency in New York. It also offers me the opportunity to visit and spend time with my family from my home state, Massachusetts.
My main focus is to provide the highest quality dental care for my community in both an engaging and compassionate manner. My favorite aspect of my job is building relationships with my patients and their families and providing positive early dental experiences for children to help foster a lifetime of great oral health.
A healthcare philosophy I have is to stress the importance of preventative care by providing children and the families with the tools necessary to maintain a healthy smile and lifestyle.
When not in the office, I like to travel and visit my family and friends, on both the east coast and west coast, along with my wife Sophia. A few of my favorite hobbies are avidly rooting for all Boston sports teams (especially the Boston Celtics and Boston College Eagles), bodysurfing waves at the beach, playing pick- up basketball and running.
I remain active in the community by participating in dental outreach trips, both locally in the Northeast and internationally in countries such as Chile and the Dominican Republic.
Cass D. Burrell, DMD.
Dr. Cass Burrell (aka “Dr. Cass”) attributes his interest in orthodontics to being the son of a dentist. A lifelong learner, Dr. Burrell is committed to providing the latest, most innovative treatment available to his patients. Dr. Cass received his B.S. from Brigham Young University, his dental degree (with honors) from the University of Pittsburgh, and his orthodontic certificate from Boston University. He strongly believes in the importance of continuing his education, and has developed skills in adult orthodontics, surgical-orthodontic treatment, early childhood orthopedics, Invisalign® and tooth-colored braces.
While born in Maryland, Dr. Cass actually grew up in Tacoma, Washington, which made him an avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks. On the East Coast, Dr. Cass is a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox—a risky move living in the tristate area. His love for sports stems from a lifelong interest in athletics, having played many himself. From football to wrestling, Dr. Cass has an aptitude and passion not only for the orthodontic profession, but for all things active and outdoors. His hobbies include fishing, camping & archery, much of which can be attributed to his youth as an Eagle scout. He has proudly served as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, teaching new generations the joys of the outdoors.
Dr. Cass’ passion also extends to music, as he is a great lover of karaoke, and even owns his own professional karaoke system! His love of music comes from his mother’s influence, which contributed to his interest in playing both the saxophone and guitar. In addition to his many interests, Dr. Cass enjoys quality time with his family. His wife Amy and their four children are very involved with their church, and devote much of their time to serving in various capacities, from teaching children to leading youth groups.
Dr. Cass is thrilled to meet you at any of our three offices, located in Fairfield, Norwalk & Monroe. He is committed to providing high end, quality treatment to his patients, and applies a deep passion toward providing the best care possible at all times.
Matthew Rhee, D.M.D.
Having had orthodontic treatment himself, Dr. Matthew Rhee (aka "Dr. Matt") knew since high school that he wanted to become an orthodontist. He is passionate about creating beautiful smiles and changing the lives of the people he meets.
With his extensive training from Boston University’s 7-year dental program where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree, and summa cum laude with a D.M.D degree, Dr. Matt has a strongly rooted knowledge base. He completed orthodontic training at St. Barnabas Hospital, where he served as chief resident and completed the board certification process by the American Board of Orthodontists.
Born and raised in New York, it comes as no surprise that Dr. Matt is a die-hard Giants, Knicks & Yankees fan. While he enjoys playing many sports—including basketball, golf & skiing—his great love is baseball. Dr. Matt once played in a baseball league, and even led his team to win championships! Voted MVP two years in a row, Dr. Matt displays a winning talent inside and outside of the workplace.
When he is not winning baseball games, Dr. Matt is winning computer games! Dr. Matt is an avid gamer, with Counter-Strike and Fortnite being some of his favorites. He's been a computer gamer for ages and has continued his love for gaming into fatherhood. Dr. Matt has two sons with his wife Susie and loves to spend his additional free time out in the sun with his family.
Dr. Matt takes great pride in providing his patients with the highest level of care. He is committed to lifelong continuing education to provide the best care for all of his patients and even belongs to study clubs where he learns about the latest, innovative treatments in dentistry. Come see Dr. Matt at our locations in Fairfield & Norwalk. He would love to chat about sports, games, or your favorite sweet treat! Dr. Matt actually has quite the sweet tooth himself—but he always makes sure to brush his teeth afterward!
Ian Gibbs, D.M.D.
Dr Gibbs is double Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He works in private practice and is an Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT. His educational credits include dental school at Temple (Kornberg) University, Graduate Practice Residency at the University of Southern California, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Howard University Hospital.
Dr. Gibbs is disciplined in all branches of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with a concentration in Pathology, Orthognathic and Trauma surgery as well as wisdom teeth extractions, biopsies, dental implants, and sedation for anxious patients.
He is an active member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and Connecticut Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Brijesh P. Chandwani, D.M.D., B.D.S., F.O.P.